San Diego Residents Ask: When Can I Resume Physical Activity After My Breast Augmentation?
Having breast augmentation done is an exciting time in a woman’s life. To recover as fully and successfully as possible, it’s important to follow the post-operative guidelines you’re given for recovering after the surgery.
It may be hard to postpone doing certain things and engaging in certain activities, but there’s a good reason behind every restriction you’re given. This article will give you an idea of the timeline for some of the more common activities women ask about.
Immediately Following Breast Augmentation Surgery
You’ll need to be assisted with almost everything for the first few days, starting with someone to drive you home after your augmentation surgery. You shouldn’t drive for the first five days post-op. You’ll need help with basic daily needs, and a few days after the surgery, help with showering.
You’ll want to sleep on your back and put supportive pillows on both sides so you don’t roll over. Be sure to get lots of rest and really take it easy…the first week is when most complications will show up.
One Week Post-Breast Augmentation
After about a week you can travel by air if you need to. You can also resume sexual activity, but keep it gentle, as your breasts will be very tender for about a month. Limit lifting anything and don’t lift more than 10 pounds. Do not participate in cardio or other activities that might raise your blood pressure. Some physicians will also advise you not to swim.
Depending on your surgeon and the type of job you have, you may be able to return to work after a week. Still no heavy lifting, strenuous exercise or any other high-impact activity.
Two Weeks Post-Breast Augmentation
You can exercise on a stationary bike if you’re really eager to resume exercising. Keep it easy though, since your body is still in the healing stages. Walking is the preferred exercise activity during this early recovery phase.
Three to Four Weeks Post-Breast Augmentation
You’ll likely be given a green light to resume some aerobic activity and exercises targeting the lower body. You can play with your kids, but no lifting them! You’ll still need to stay away from activities that require too much upper body involvement, such as swimming or running.
Five to Six Weeks Post-Breast Augmentation
By this time, your breasts should have settled into their proper place, so you should be able to go back to your regular bras and resume many of your normal activities. You can usually begin running again by about six weeks.
Ten to Twelve Weeks Post-Breast Augmentation
By this time, if you’ve been following the recommendations given to you by your surgeon, you’re likely about ready to be released and cleared to return to all your pre-surgery activities.
Keep in mind this is just a suggested timeline based on averages. Your surgeon will have a list of post-op instructions geared to your unique circumstances, and of course, those are the ones to be followed closely.
Your post-op instructions will vary, based on the size and type of implant you had placed, the size and location of your incisions, and your doctor’s own preferences based on their knowledge and experience.
If you’re considering breast augmentation surgery, we’ll be happy to answer your questions or schedule you for a private consultation. Contact us today, we’re here to help!